Ryan Weatherwax

Ryan Weatherwax

Lecturer of Exercise & Sport Science


M.S., Northern Michigan University, Exercise Science, 2013
B.S., Grand Valley State University, Exercise Science (Clinical), 2010


How did you discover Western?

I found Western through a former graduate mentor who worked in Kinesiology and then Exercise & Sport Science at Western for a number of years. He thought I would be a great fit for a vacant lecturer position, and following a conversation with Kathleen Kinkema, I packed up my life and moved to Gunnison.

What are some of the highlights of your career?

I am a Ph.D. candidate at Auckland University of Technology with my research focused on individualized exercise prescription to enhance training responsiveness. Thus far, I have been able to publish novel findings from Ph.D. research including a publication in Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise. My other professional interests relate to personalized exercise prescription, improving exercise performance and health outcomes through evidence-based practice, environmental considerations to exercise, and exercise interventions in clinical settings (cancer, cardiac, pulmonary and Alzheimer’s patients).

What most excites you about your field?

We get to teach and conduct research on ways to move better, stay healthier, and live happier and longer through lifestyle interventions. For me, I get the most excitement and joy from conducting and reading research and being able to bring that information into the classroom to enhance the overall learning experience of students.

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?

The biggest thing I have enjoyed about the Gunnison Valley is the easy access to the wilderness and the small community. The valley is surrounded by breathtaking views and access to world-class recreational activities.